How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
We are so excited to share this homemade liquid laundry detergent recipe with you today. After a lot of trial and error, I’ve got a good one for you. We have actually tried DIY laundry detergent recipes twice before this one, and neither impressed me. In full disclosure, my first two attempts were for dry laundry detergent. I had almost given up on it completely, when my good friend Keesha texted me and said she had a recipe and wanted to make it together! I had my doubts, but she told me her mom and her sister had both been using this kind forever and swore by it, so I decided I would give it a go. Holy cow. I am in love with this liquid laundry detergent, it is AMAZING!
Every time I open up the washer to switch loads, I am filled with joy because it smells fresh and clean. It also doesn’t leave gross residue, and gets out tough dirt and stains. Suffice it to say, this recipe is gonna shrink your laundry expenses considerably! Let’s get started shall we?
Liquid Laundry Detergent Ingredients
Fels-Naptha soap bar
Essential oils (optional)
Here is what the Fels-naptha soap looked like after grating it. You want to use the smallest grater that you have, so that it melts as quickly and easily as possible!
Here is what our buckets full of soap looked like before they sat overnight and thickened a little!
How much liquid laundry detergent does this recipe make?
This recipe makes a 5 gallon tub of liquid detergent. and you only need 1/2 cup detergent for top loader machines and 1/4 for front loader machines per load!
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup Borax
- Yummy smelling essential oils Optional I used Doterra's citrus bliss
- 5 gallon bucket
Heat 4 cups of water until boiling.
Grate your Fels-Naptha soap bar (I just used a cheese grater) and add to boiling water. Stir continuously over medium low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill your 5 gallon bucket half full with HOT tap water, add melted soap, washing soda, and borax and stir well until all powder is dissolved.
Fill the bucket the rest of the way to the top with hot water, stir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken.
The next day, stir well and fill an old laundry detergent container with detergent.
If desired, add your essential oils at this point!
*Shake well before each use, because detergent can separate a bit.
*Top load machines use 1/2 cup per load, front load machines use 1/4 cup per load.
It’s SO easy and SO worth it you guys! I can guarantee you’re gonna be glad you tried this one!